The Muslim police officer in Minneapolis who fatally shot an unarmed woman through the door of his squad car while his body camera was disabled had three complaints filed against him during his two years of service.
When responding to an emergency call reporting a disturbance behind an upscale Minneapolis home, Officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond, 40, multiple times from the passenger seat of his police cruiser. When she was shot, Damond was speaking to Noor’s partner on the driver’s side of the vehicle which was parked in an alley behind the home.
Neither officer’s body camera was activated nor was the squad car camera recording when Damond, a meditation teacher and bride-to-be, who was in her pajamas, was killed at around 11.30 p.m. on Saturday.
According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the state agency investigating the shooting, no weapons were recovered from the scene.
Witnesses of the shooting reported that Damond approached the police cruiser in the alley behind her home. Prior to being shot, she was holding her cell phone and speaking to the officer on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The BCA has released one statement regarding the incident which confirmed that “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a women.”
Noor, 31, is the first Somali-American officer in his precinct, and has been personally praised by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
Even so, she demanded answers regarding the shooting. “I have the same questions you do, and I seek the same answers you seek,” Hodges said. “This process is difficult, but I want to be sure we get this right.”
Noor has retained the services of attorney Tom Plunkett who said, “We take this seriously with great compassion for all persons who are being touched by this.”
In a statement released Monday, Minneapolis Chief of Police Janeé Harteau said, “I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death.
“I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.”
Noor has had three complaints filed against him in the two years since he joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015, including a lawsuit.
Two complaints were filed in 2017 and one in 2016, which is closed and marked “not to be made public.”
Allegedly, the lawsuit stems from a May 25, 2017 police call during which Noor and two other officers transported a woman to the hospital. The woman claimed that the officers falsely imprisoned her and committed assault and battery.
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